National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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24 August 2010

Epynt heritage walk success

Over 250 people took part in an important event over the weekend to remember a whole Breconshire community that was lost 70 years ago this summer. Organisers of Wâc Cofio’r Epynt (The Epynt Walk) were pleasantly shocked when so many people congregated near the site of the former Y Babell chapel in the heart of what is now the Sennybridge Army Training range.

‘It was fantastic seeing so many people walking’ said project chairman John Davies (Merthyr Cynog). ‘People had come from near and far – including a party from the Conwy Valley, north Wales. But what delighted me most was seeing the youngsters’ he said. ‘The whole purpose of the event was to give young people in particular an opportunity to hear the story of Epynt direct from the older generation – the few remaining who were born on the mountain and who experienced the trauma of being turned out of their homes in June, 1940.

Members of John’s family were amongst the 219 people who were evicted from the 54 farms. ‘Epynt was a vibrant Welsh-speaking community until the War Ministry decided that the 30,000 acres were required for artillery training. Most of the farm buildings were soon pulled down and remain but a memory for those brought up there.’

During Sunday’s 4 mile walk members of the last generation of Epynt people pointed out the location of the farms and told stories of their upbringing on the mountain. These included Beryl Lake (Beili Richard), Dai Williams (Llwyn-teg Uchaf), Gwyneth Williams (Waun Fawr), Idris Jones (Llwyn-coll) and Iorwerth and Miriam Davies (Gwybedog). Eifiona Roberts gave an account of her grandparents’ farm: Cefnbryn Isaf. Former headmaster, FUW president and local historian Glyn Powell provided a commentary throughout the walk. He also presided over the Cymanfa Ganu held at the end of the day. The strong singing was conducted by Annwen Williams with David Price at the organ. Solos were sung by Sophie Jones and Rhian Davies and the benediction was given be the Rev. Herbert Hughes, author of An Uprooted Community – the book that gives a comprehensive account of the lost community.

Wâc yr Epynt / The Epynt Walk is part of an Brecknock YFC education-in-the-community project with the support of the Wales Heritage Lottery Fund. Next month Young Farmers’ Club members will be staging a schools day at the Disgwylfa Visitors’ Centre so that the area’s primary schools children have an opportunity to learn the history of Epynt. The project closes with a final performance of Golau’r Epynt – Brecknock YFC’s all-Wales winning drama – at Theatr Brycheiniog (October 30th). Ticket will be on sale from Monday 6th September 2010 from Theatr Brycheiniog.

24 August 2010

YFC Freshers event

Wales YFC will be holding a YFC Freshers event at Glyndwr University to celebrate the beginning of the YFC year. The weekend event will be held from Friday the 10 – Sunday the 12 of August.

A Bavarian oompah band will kick off the event on the Friday night and there will be a YFC freshers’ ball and casio evening on the Saturday night. Members attending will also have the opportunity to visit a north Wales Wind Farm thanks to the generosity of Wind Power Wales giving the event an educational twist.

The weekend will also host the all important annual general meeting where the chairman and vice-chairman for the forthcoming year will be elected and the winners of three awards will be announced. The Beynon Thomas junior trophy will be given to the Federation were the junior members have scored the most points in the Wales YFC programmes of work and the Western Mail Trophy will be given to the Federation where all members have scored the most points in all Wales YFC programmes of work. A trophy will also be awarded to the County that has seen the highest increase in their membership during the year.

Members will also find out how much money they have raised for the charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation and a presentation will be made to a representative. It is also custom for the new chairman to announce his or her nominated charity/good cause for the year.

21 August 2010

The great indoors challenge for Pembrokeshire YFC

It was game on for members of Llawhaden and Templeton YFCs as they battled it out to be crowned county indoor sports champions.

Teams of three members from the two clubs were pitted against each other in rounds of dominoes, draughts and tippit, with the club winning the most sections named the winner.
After winning two sections, it was Llawhaden YFC who were named the overall winners.

Sporting success: Llawhaden YFC’s county indoor sports champions (back row, left to right) Nick Parish, Alice Snape, Jade Mason, Hayley Adams, Alice James, Jake O’Sullivan (seated) Alex Robinson, Owain Lewis and Adam Clark.

Close second: Runners-up in the indoor sports final Templeton YFC.

20 August 2010

Teme Valley YFC do the double

After winning the County Rally for the first time in many years, it was over to the junior members of Teme Valley YFC to show what they could do. And after taking part in 29 different classes they were delighted to be declared overall winners.

It was perfect weather at Larksfield, Kimbolton on Sunday 25th July where Mr Bill and Mrs Nicky Smith provided an ideal site for the popular Junior Field Day competitions. Young members aged between 10 and 16 years old from 15 of the 18 Clubs in Herefordshire enjoyed a range of activities such as the traditional exhibits, machinery, cookery and floral classes to the more fun classes such as welly wanging and pea grab. In joint second place overall were Craswall YFC and Kington YFC. The Club from Kington YFC collected 3 of the 6 trophies on the day.

The next event in the HFYFC calendar is the County Chairman’s Nautical but Nice Black Tie Ball on Saturday 21st August at the Dorelands, Abbey Dore kindly hosted by Mr Frank Lloyd and family.

Trophy results were:-

The NFU Cup awarded to the Club gaining the highest aggregate marks
1st Teme Valley YFC 2516 points
The W.O. Backhouse Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded to the Runners-up
=2nd Kington YFC
=2nd Craswall YFC 
The E.D. Bevan Perpetual Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the Club gaining the highest marks in the Stockjudging Classes
1st Kington YFC 475 points
2nd Teme Valley YFC 460 points
3rd Eardisley YFC 458 points
The Mr & Mrs Homfray Cooper Trophy will be awarded to the Club gaining the highest marks in the Exhibit competition.
1st Kington YFC 363 points
2nd Teme Valley YFC 361 points
3rd Pontrilas YFC 343 points
The Sue Whittall Trophy was awarded to the Club gaining the highest marks in the Home Economics competitions
1st Golden Valley YFC 264 points
2nd Craswall YFC 248 points
3rd Welsh Newton YFC 242 points
The Roger Williams Trophy was awarded to the Club gaining the highest marks when dividing the number of members into the total marks gained
1st Craswall YFC 161.60 points per member
2nd Pencombe YFC 155.10 points per member
3rd Golden Valley YFC 145.60 points per member

18 August 2010

Giant suausage and mash meals made in Cumbria

Monster Munchies, exclusive to the Good Food channel, celebrates Britain’s best food by supersizing some classic dishes. Now two teams from Cumbria are in the spotlight as they try to impress the judges with their huge sausage and mash meals, which will be served to the public as part of this larger than life series.

Get ready for a food fight on an enormous scale as awe-inspiring sausages expected to dwarf the average person, are set to be unveiled at the Dalston Agricultural Show at The Village Show Field from 13:30pm on Saturday 14th August 2010.

Former England rugby player and renowned foodie, Matt Dawson, presents this against-the-clock cook-off where two local food producers from The Young Farmers Association will make up two competing teams. The orange team from Pioneer Foods (Carlisle Young Farmers Association) will go head to head with the blue team from The Bridge End Inn (Raughton Head Young Farmers Association).

The 24-hour countdown begins as the mega meals are pieced together. All hands will be on deck as vast quantities of ingredients will be found, ovens will be fired up, and history will be made.

Five local judges will choose the winning team based on taste, size and presentation. Hundreds of hungry locals will then tuck in and taste the fruits of each team’s labour.

18 August 2010

Montgomeryshire complete eight-day challenge

Last summer 23 YFC members from across Montgomeryshire completed an eight-day challenge, starting at the source of the Severn near Llanidloes in Powys and ending more than 150 miles later in the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury.

The first section of the charity event saw the YFC members cycling to Garthmyl, near Newtown. They then paddled their canoes the rest of the way, stopping to camp in the evenings. They managed to raise an impressive £7,124.83, which has been donated to the Wales Air Ambulance.

The Montgomeryshire YFC county vice chairman, Roland Davies, came up with the idea. He said: "Living in very rural areas, we realise how valuable a resource the air ambulance is and we wanted to raise money to help keep the service going. We're always looking at ways of raising money and promoting the YFC, and I thought canoeing the length of the River Severn would be a good idea. My home town of Llanidloes is the first town on the Severn and as a child it was something I always fancied doing. And I hope this shows what can be achieved through the YFC." The YFC would also like to thank everyone for the support they recieved - especially their back up crew, Staylittle Outdoor Pursuit Centre, R.H. Bunner & Sons, Trannon Tree Services, A.L. Benbow and Wright Self Drive.


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